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The Drawings of Annibale Carracci

September 26, 1999 – January 9, 2000
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72 through 77

Annibale Carracci, A Bacchic Procession with Silenus, c. 1598, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This first monographic exhibition of the drawings of Annibale Carracci included 96 drawings, many never before seen in the United States. Included was a full- scale cartoon for the painting The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne from the artist's commission for the decoration of the Farnese Gallery in Rome (1597-1600). The cartoon had never before been exhibited outside its home museum, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche at the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, Italy.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition was selected and the catalogue prepared by an international team of five Carracci experts: Catherine Loisel-Legrand of the Louvre; Gail Feigenbaum of the New Orleans Museum of Art; Daniele Benati of the University of Parma; Carel van Tuyll of the Teylers Museum; and Kate Ganz, an independent scholar. The National Gallery's coordinating curator was Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator of old master drawings.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by Republic National Bank of New York and Safra Republic Holdings S.A., Luxembourg. Additional support was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and The Circle of the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 78,907

Catalog: The Drawings of Annibale Carracci, by Daniele Benati et al. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1999.

Carracci, Annibale
Italian, 1560 - 1609

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